Picture the scene. It’s 8.30 in the morning. The sun is shining. Surely I can’t be in Glasgow? Strange as it may seem, it’s true. I’d headed up north of the border for a very special day, as two BBC Modern Apprentices were the “Co” in the Fred MacAulay & Co show on BBC Radio Scotland. Sebastian Walls and Hilary Whitely more than rose to the challenge of presenting live on national radio to fly the flag for National Apprenticeship Week. What can I say beyond they were brilliant – discussing the day’s hot topics, cracking jokes, talking French, singing and celebrating Hilary’s birthday too!
After the show, I caught up with Hilary, not only to wish her a happy birthday, but to find out more about what doing an apprenticeship means to her. This is what she had to say:
“The apprenticeship at the BBC has got to be one of the most invaluable experiences for anyone with a desire to work in the coveted media industry.
One of my most rewarding placements has been with BBC Radio Scotland in their music department. I was fortunate enough to join the team over the Children In Need (CIN) period where one show was preparing for a CIN special. As part of the programme, relief packages were created, made up of interviews from different charities around Scotland that were supported by CIN. I was asked to help the team select different charities to focus on, set up the meetings and join them on the visits to carry out the interviews.
Before I began I had little knowledge on the vast number of struggling charities around the country and the amount that CIN gave away. I also learnt very quickly the level of sensitivity that was required when making the calls to different charities and consequently the families to get their consent to be interviewed for the programme. I had to find the balance between being sympathetic in my approach and ensuring the charities and families gave enough information and material to be suitable for the programme.
This was a great journalistic tool to be learnt at such an early stage in my apprenticeship. In the end I was able to set up three really strong interviews that made it into the final programme. By having continual encouragement and support from the team and learning from experience, I was able to produce what was required for the show and take what I learnt with me through the rest of the apprenticeship. I was so proud of my work and was grateful for the opportunity. This is just one of the many fantastic projects I have been involved with whilst being here at BBC Scotland.”
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